Over 3K students sign up for virtual academy in Darlington County, superintendent says

Over 3K students sign up for virtual academy in Darlington County, superintendent says
Parents in Darlington County are now able to participate in a back-to-school survey ahead of the upcoming school year. (Source: Cameron Crowe WMBF)

DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Darlington County School District Superintendent Dr. Tim Newman further discussed the district’s back-to-school plans Friday morning.

In his weekly address, Newman said about 3,700 students have signed up for the district’s ‘virtual academy,’ noting the figure is larger than many districts in the state.

The virtual academy, a K-12 program, will operate completely online.

Newman also stressed the importance of accommodating all families in the district, as many do not have access to electronic devices to participate in virtual learning.

He called on local churches and the greater community to assist students with the virtual learning process if the school district moves to online instruction only due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

“I want to be prepared, I want to serve our students, I want to support our employees, and I feel like this would be a great way to do that,” Newman said.

In addition, he noted the school district is working on setting up their facilities to make sure students maintain proper social distancing. Classroom set-up may vary in different schools, he added, as facilities in the district vary in size.

You can view Newman’s weekly address in its entirety here.

On Thursday night, the school district also launched a back-to-school survey. Click here to access it.

For more back-to-school coverage, click here.

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